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American Red Cross Hosts Family Fun Day February 28 in Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Feb. 17, 2015) — March is national Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross of Central New York is going to kick off its celebration a day early with “Family Fun Day”  from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Red Cross office at 344 W. Genesee St., Syracuse.

Family Fun Day participants will learn how to be prepared for an emergency or natural disaster through age-appropriate activities, games and prizes. The event is free and open to the public.

“As we’ve seen in recent years, Central New York has been in the crosshairs of many severe weather events, including Superstorm Sandy in 2012 , the Mohawk Valley floods in 2013, and  the Smithfield tornado and East Syracuse ‘microburst’ storm in the summer of 2014,” said Rosie Taravella, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Western & Central New York Region. “Family Fun Day will provide a fun and relaxing way to get your family prepared for a natural or man-made disaster.”

Family Fun Day will have activities for all members of the family:

Adults and older children will receive free Citizen Preparedness Corps training offered by New York State and the Red Cross. The session is called “Prepare, Respond, Recover: What to Do When Disaster Strikes” and it provides a comprehensive overview on how to prepare for natural and man-made disasters, and how to respond to and recover from them.
There will be two training sessions for adults and older children starting at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Children ages 8 through 11 will participate in the “Pillowcase Project,” a preparedness education program that provides information about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills in emergency situations. Sponsored by Disney, the Pillowcase Project teaches children how to create their own emergency supply kits by packing essential items in a pillowcase that they can decorate and personalize (pillowcases will be provided at the event).

Younger children will enjoy coloring activities. All children will receive a free “3DayOK” coloring book that reinforces the message that we need to have enough supplies available to shelter at home for up to three days following a large-scale emergency. Learn more about the 3DayOK initiative at
If You Go

What: Family Fun Day
When: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28
Where: American Red Cross, 344 W. Genesee St., Syracuse
Why: Learn how to be prepared for a natural or man-made disaster through activities, games, and prizes for all family members.
Cost: Free
Parking: Free in the visitor lot off Wallace Street or the Red Cross lots at end of Wallace.

Why March?

March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for more than 70 years. All of our presidents, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters in this country every year. It also provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply; and trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills.

Red Cross Flag Raised at Syracuse City Hall

At 11 a.m. Monday, March 2, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner will proclaim March 2015 as American Red Cross Month during a ceremony at City Hall, 233 E. Washington St., Syracuse. Mayor Miner will read a Red Cross Month proclamation and be joined by Western & Central New York Region CEO Rosie Taravella and Red Cross volunteers as Mayor Miner raises a Red Cross flag at City Hall.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook at and Twitter @OneRedCrossCNY.